Former Manly and North Queensland speedster Michael Bani has signed a one-year deal with Canberra.
Winger Bani commenced training yesterday and will provide coach David Furner with added depth to his squad.
“I’m really happy to join the club,” said Bani, 27.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for my career. I’m going to be starting with Mounties and I’ll be taking the opportunity with two hands to work my way up to first grade.”
“I started training with Mounties last night and I was surprised with how good the facilities were there. I’m really looking forward to this season as I was unfortunate last year with injuries and the pressures of living away from my family who were based in Sydney.”
Raiders recruitment manager David Hamilton said Bani had all the assets wanted by coach Furner and the Raiders.
“He brings NRL experience to our outside backs which is what we’re looking for. He’s got speed to burn and more than enough ability to put pressure on the other players in his positions which is what we need here,” said Hamilton.
Bani will begin with the Raiders’ reserve grade team Mounties, who compete in the New South Wales Cup.